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[kal-uh-fak-tuh-ree, -fak-tree]
  1. serving to heat.
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noun, plural cal·e·fac·to·ries.
  1. a heated parlor or sitting room in a monastery.
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Origin of calefactory

1530–40; < Late Latin calefactōrius having a warming or heating power, equivalent to Latin calefac(ere) to make warm (see calefacient) + -tōrius -tory1
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Historical Examples of calefactory

  • Large portions also remain of the sacristy, chapterhouse, and calefactory.

    The Heart of Wessex

    Sidney Heath

  • Leading out of it is the ancient "calefactory," where the fire for the censers and thuribles was preserved.

  • Here is where the Calefactory stood in almost all the old Cistercian monasteries.

British Dictionary definitions for calefactory


  1. giving warmth
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noun plural -ries
  1. a heated sitting room in a monastery
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Word Origin for calefactory

C16: from Latin calefactōrius, from calefactus made warm; see calefacient
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